USA Hockey has added former Gophers defenseman and current member of the Colorado Avalanche Erik Johnson to the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team roster on Friday evening.
One of three additions on the day, Johnson joins the original roster of 15 that includes former Gophers forward (and current Florida Panthers center) Nick Bjugstad. The U.S. Men's National Team will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Men's World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland and Stockholm, Sweden. NBC Sports Network will air all Team USA games at the tournament with a full broadcast schedule coming out next week.
Johnson has played for six U.S. National Teams, highlighted by the 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Ice Hockey Team. He helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, B.C. He played on the U.S. Men's National Team at the 2007 IIHF Men's World Championship. Johnson skated in the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships, collecting a bronze medal in 2007. He helped Team USA win back-to-back gold medals at the 2005 and 2006 IIHF Men's Under-18 World Championships.
The fifth-year NHL veteran was selected first overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In 328 career games, Johnson has tallied 131 points (27 goals, 104 assists).